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Discarded Lobster, Wine Bottle Cause Hazmat Scare

Bucket reported as 'suspicious package.'

Update - A container left on the steps of a physical therapy office that set off a hazmat scare Tuesday afternoon in Southampton Village turned out to just be someone's discarded lobster dinner leftovers and an empty bottle of French wine.

Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said that police were called at 3:03 p.m. by an employee of a physical therapy office about a suspicious package first noticed in the office steps at about 7 a.m.

Chief Rodney "Chip" Pierson said that police called in the fire chiefs to investigate the package — a metal bucket in a white garbage bag

When the fire chiefs arrived, they decided to call in fire marshals for a second opinion, Pierson said, and ultimately the decision was made to call in the Southampton Town Hazmat Team.

The parking lot, which is shared by office and on Jagger Lane and Main Street, was partially closed.

Southampton Village Fire Marshal Dean McNamara and Southampton Town Fire Marshal John Rankin donned hazmat suits and investigated. After removing the lid to the bucket around 4:50 p.m., they found the garbage.

The parking lot was reopened and the office employees discarded the bucket and its contents in a dumpster.

Initial Story:

Emergency responders are gathered in the parking lot shared by Waldbaum's and Manual & Sports Physical Therapy in Southampton Village following a reporting of a suspicious package.

Roads remain open.

Jaguar-Guy September 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
THAT would be a beautiful thing Jerry C. Good one !!
Barbara Goldowsky September 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Wonder if the establishment that sold them the lobster bucket would have a record so these careless folks could be traced and charged. Excellent idea to make them pay, but probably an impossible dream.
Shelley Bennett September 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
It's a shame that we as a society have to be that skeptical of a bucket of trash. But with all the craziness in this world today, I believe that Chief Pierson did the right thing to protect the public's safety. Thank you for caring Chief!
Laurie Downs September 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Lobster..no more Lobster for you.....
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